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â€œI am a fine, classy travesty; I think that is what many people see in me; we are demonized, always accused of being involved in drugs and prostitution, but I have kept above all of thatâ€, says Ysak Mantu, travesty actor and performance artist known in the gay night life as Dana Karvelas. He defines the travesty world as â€œa something apart, underground, and this way of being in between the sexes brings work, personal and other deficiencies. Sometimes itâ€™s like being in limbo, but you are happy. In my case I have insisted in being an artist, regardless of the financial difficulties it implies.â€ Apart from his ample experience in films and advertisement, he recently debuted with a character of his creation, Dana International, an Israeli singer unlike the clichÃ© travesty who only imitates certain artists. Regardless of all the problems, Ysak/Dana affirms with conviction: â€œIn this road you might miss some things you might have lived otherwise, but I also know we have things others donâ€™t.â€
In the Beyond Gender photo essay.
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